baba salah

Baba Salah – Borey

If you hadn’t been familiar with Baba Salah until now, today might be your lucky day.

Some Songhai friends I made around Timbuktu, Mali introduced me to Baba Salah’s music. As I traveled the region between that town and Salah’s hometown Gao, I heard a lot more on the radio. I had also seen him play a show: Salah’s was one of the only interesting main stage performances at Festival au Desert that year, apart from Khaira Arby’s (which pretty much changed my life). But I hadn’t run into a Salah cassette until very recently, when Chris from Sahel Sounds dropped by Brooklyn for a visit, generously showering me in tapes from the desert’s edge, including Borey.

This is essentially really excellent pop music. Have a listen.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set as part of the always jammin Cool Places party @ Zebulon in Williamsburg on Saturday, May 15 (late-ish).


Face 1
Mo Futu
Tugu Tugu


Face 2
Afriki Mussow
Ne M’Envoulez Pas
Fleuve Niger


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

May 10, 2010 at 3:34 am

beautiful stuff dude. great hang today.

May 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

Unfortunately the international labels are blind and can not see a new Star as Baba Salah Cissé,”Borey” is the second solo album after “Gao”, now has the third album ready.

But it’s sure you’ve heard countless times his guitar to accompany Ibrahim Hamma Dicko, Sidi Touré,Oumou Sangare,Déné Issébéré,Mamou Sidibé,etc.

May 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

That’s a simple guitar that provides simple music.

den parserreply
May 10, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Well, that’s the original.

May 11, 2010 at 10:14 am

I really like the last track.
Track 5 is completely silent, though; I assume that’s not the way it’s supposed to be?

Also, are you sure the titles are correct? The last track is the only one in which I heard “Afriki” in the lyrics…

May 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

oops, i will fix that…thanks!

May 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

The titles of side A and side B are reversed,not only problem of the missing track -5,track -6 has an interference at the beginning.

Steve Pilereply
May 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Of all the cassettes I picked up in the markets of Brikama, Gambia, this was my fave. Nice to see it up here! Saves me from having to rip it myself! Thanks again for all the great music.

May 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Thank you for fixing this great tape – unfortunately Track 6 “Nooru” is missing now (downloading it´s the same as the last one “takamba”) – could please fix it once again?!

May 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

ahhh i don’t care any more, this shit is sooo tedious sometimes.

May 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Oh, please don´t give up… it´s just one song missing (anonymous was right). The music is beautiful. I really would like to come to Düsseldorf to say “hello” or as we say in North Germany “MOIN”, but it´s a little bit to far. So if you need a place sometime in the North, give me a call, I can arrange something here…

May 25, 2010 at 1:39 am

ok, i fixed that last track Takamba for you greedy bitches.

May 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

endless thanks for last reported action and comment from YAGB
I may show up in Paris, and surely attending the set!
cheers man!

May 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Thank you verrrrrrry much for fixing that last song! I´ll try to come to Düsseldorf, but it´s still quite difficult. Maybe when you come back to Europe again, it´ll be possible for you to come to the Northwest of Germany – in in Oldenburg we´ve got every week a great Worldmusic Party, where you´re music would be welcomed.
So if you like to come, give me a call… (

July 19, 2010 at 2:03 am

Just letting you know I’m working on Baba’s new album. We are looking to release it in December at the festival in the desert and festival in the Niger. His other albums, including this one, will be available as MP3s on most download sites next month.

Paul Chandler
studio mali

August 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

When was this released?

September 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

“apart from Khaira Arby’s (which pretty much changed my life)”

She’s playing new york this week:

March 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

This is really gorgeous music. Thanks so much for posting.

October 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

A few minutes ago I was going through my hard drive doing some cleaning up when I found an album that I had downloaded but forgotten about. The artist was unfamiliar to me: Baba Salah Borey. I played the album and was blown away. Who is this guy I wondered. I googled his name and found this post and the first thing I read is… “If you hadn’t been familiar with Baba Salah until now, today might be your lucky day.” :)) I’m thinking its time to go out and buy a lottery ticket. But first I’m going to check out this cassette. Thanks for all the music!

October 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Is it possible to re-upload this? I loved this album, and there is one track in particular that I found incredibly moving and want to listen to it but can’t!

Musah Fuseinireply
July 19, 2020 at 3:33 pm

I am a malian in Ghana ?? but I have never come to Mali and I really like your music hope to see new track
May the almighty Allah bless you.

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